Director of Nursing Services at the Port Antonio Hospital, Matron Lelete Holson-Patterson, said that the health services practitioners in the parish had improved their interactions with parish teens.
Matron Holson-Patterson said that each ward in the Port Antonio Hospital now had an adolescent friendly space, and that health care workers were receiving on-going sensitisation on how to have successful interactions with teens in the delivery of health services to that population.
“The Portland Health Services Adolescent Health Committee has made some interesting moves. I consider it a privilege to interface with the youth, and we have engaged our staff in dialogue on how to reach the youth. We are providing contraceptives for our teenage mothers to prevent a second pregnancy and it is going commendably, but we still have a long way to go,” she said.
The hospital matron was speaking on the panel at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Dialogue for Development Lecture Series that was held at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) on October 31 under the theme “The Jamaica we want, Vision 2030 Jamaica, Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals…leaving no one behind.”
In her remarks, Mrs Holson-Patterson also noted that the Portland health services had been making strides towards promoting health and well-being, which is Goal #3 of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Speaking of the goals of the parish health service, Mrs Holson-Patterson said that they were addressing the well-being for everyone across the life cycle by providing health information, health financing and supporting the health workforce. A specific goal is that 90% of the parish population be aware of his or her HIV status, so that persons who need viral suppression support will be linked to a care provider.
Mrs Holson-Patterson also noted that the health services in Portland were encouraging mothers to give their babies exclusive breast feeding for the first six months of their lives.
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